He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands

Joan of Arc - He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands
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Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #907 / 933
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He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands isn’t without resemblance to its distant forebears. It’s evident that the most prominent consistencies between then and now would be the creative tics of the one founding core member, but it is nonetheless impressive that Kinsella’s hyperactive imagination has relented so little.


He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands is a minor gem in the Joan of Arc discography, as Kinsella gives listeners more simply by pulling back.

Drowned in Sound

He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands is by no stretch of the imagination the most disagreeable Joan of Arc record to date, or the most impenetrable, either; some of the soundscapes here are pleasingly smooth given how scattershot Kinsella’s approach so often is.

If it's possible to be refreshing and somewhat tedious at once, this album nails it.
Under the Radar
They are sincere apologists of the experimental, who've been at the game for years, but their experiments can be off-putting, if one doesn't go into it with an extremely open and forgiving mindset.
A.V. Club

He’s Got The Whole doesn’t sound like anything else in Joan Of Arc’s catalog, becoming uncompromisingly singular in its scope. And while that’s rewarding—these songs would never be mistaken for any other band—by that same token, it’s often so obtuse it feels like it’s not meant for anyone but its creators.

It plays like Kinsella’s belated answer to the smirking whimsy-pop of the Unicorns, but without the inclusive spirit, and it may be the most overtly irritating thing he’s ever done.

“like getting tased in the balls, except it’s bad.”

- Douglas Reynholm , The IT Crowd


Art rock dialed to 11. If the conjuring of negative emotions is what this album intends to do, it does it well.

Notable Songs: Nothing to note


I'll admit, "Smooshed That Cocoon" and "This Must Be The Placenta" didn't give a lot of good first impressions; they're basically the audio equivalent of the worst, annoying kind of a mildly autistic child (I'm a high-functioning autistic, so don't @ me). But the later tracks really wowed me in terms of the tone mixture; songs like "Grange Hex Stream," "Cha Cha Cha Chakra," and "Two-Toothed Troll" are moody, seemingly pieces that always show ... read more

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Track List

  1. Smooshed That Cocoon
  2. This Must Be the Placenta
  3. Stranged That Egg Yolk
  4. Full Moon and Rainbo Repair
  5. Cha Cha Cha Chakra
  6. Grange Hex Stream
  7. Two-Toothed Troll
  8. New Wave Hippies
  9. Never Wintersbone You
  10. F Is for Fake
  11. Ta-ta Terrordome

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Added on: October 5, 2016